Kiki Bertens undergoes surgery, will miss Australian Open

Kiki Bertens of Netherlands returns the ball to Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia during the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2020 tennis tournament semifinal match in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

AMSTERDAM -- Top 10 tennis player Kiki Bertens will miss the start of next season, including the Australian Open, after having surgery on her left Achilles tendon.

The 28-year-old from the Netherlands announced the news on Instagram on Tuesday, posting a picture of herself in a hospital bed with her leg in a cast.

Bertens wrote that she had been dealing with "an Achilles injury for some time" and the only way for her "to play without pain again" was to have surgery.

She is currently ranked No. 9 and reached a career-best No. 4 last year.

Bertens has won 10 singles titles on the WTA Tour and was a French Open semifinalist in 2016 and a Wimbledon quarterfinalist two years ago.

She made it to the fourth round at Roland Garros earlier this month.

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